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People across the Wiregrass prepare for freezing temps

There are a few things to keep in mind tonight as temperatures drop into the teens.
Wiregrass Electric suggests keeping heat at 68. They also ask to keep energy use to a minimum between 6am and 8am Tuesday and Wednesday to keep costs low for everyone later on.
Wiregrass Electric suggests keeping heat at 68. They also ask to keep energy use to a minimum between 6am and 8am Tuesday and Wednesday to keep costs low for everyone later on.
Remember to insulate outdoor pipes or at least keep some water running to prevent freezing.
Remember to insulate outdoor pipes or at least keep some water running to prevent freezing.


From the outside to the inside of your home, even to under the hood of your car...there are a few things to keep in mind tonight as temperatures drop into the teens.

Many people were out today preparing for the freeze. In fact, some hardware stores in Dothan sold out of cold weather supplies like faucet covers, heaters and bulbs. If you can't find a store that has a pipe cover in stock, you can still buy insulation to keep the pipes from freezing.

"Take insulation and tape them good. If you don't have insulation, if people are sold out, take newspaper--wrap them and take plastic grocery bags and tape it," said Ace Hardware Sales Clerk, John Holster.

When trying to keep the inside of your home warm, make sure to turn space heaters off before you go to bed and keep your heat set to 68, that should help keep your bill lower. In another effort to keep costs down, Wiregrass Electric is asking people to keep energy use to a minimum between 6AM and 8PM Tuesday and Wednesday. That's when energy use will likely peak but if you help to keep use at a minimum, costs will be lower for everyone.

"The more we can control our costs and keep our peak low then the more that we can watch our rates and keep them as low as possible," said Brad Kimbro, Director of Member Services at Wiregrass Electric.

And last but not least, have your car's antifreeze level checked.

"We've already had 25 cars where people are wanting us to check the density of antifreeze and make sure they had plenty of coolant in there...if you don't have enough antifreeze in your car you run the risk of the engine block freezing and if that thing freezes it's going to crack and then you've bought a new motor," said Brock Stevens, Manager at Scott Stevens Tires in Dothan.

And of course remember to stay warm, bring pets indoors and cover plants.

Carolyn Brewster is a multimedia journalist at WDHN News follow her on Twitter @CarolynWDHN or email her Carolyn@WDHN.com 

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